Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774
Kyle Meranus had a powerful experience at Pinemere Camp last summer. "I connected with myself and learned about what Judaism means to me -- while having fun!" declared the 14-year-old, who attended the Jewish overnight camp thanks to a grant from the Overnight Camp Incentive Program. Designed to attract new campers to this important Jewish identity-building tool, it is a...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
As I round the corner to our kitchen, I come face to face with a large photo showing me and Sam clowning around near Lincoln Center. The two of us are beaming right off the page. You'd think that we'd just been picked to play violin solos with the New York Philharmonic, when the less dramatic truth is that we...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Beth Berman knows about instilling Jewish values in kids. As director of early childhood education at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, she oversees day care, pre-school and summer camp, and she teaches Hebrew school on the side to earn some extra money. After her family's bills are paid, she always puts something aside toward furthering her own daughter's Jewish...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Terrible economic news is beginning to become the norm. Each month, companies announce closures and job losses at rates not seen in decades. But one industry has thus far remained relatively immune to the recession: child care. Federation Early Learning Services -- which serves 15 locations across three counties and receives money from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia --...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Jews in Yiddish-speaking lands didn't cross borders; they stole them. Slipping across a country's boundaries was known as ganvenen dem grenetz/ stealing the border. Ganvenen has the same root as ganif , or "thief." It's an interesting linguistic window into how fraught with danger moving from place to place could be. We Jews have a long history of being treated...
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